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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2017

August 10 - August 20, 2017


Tickets: $8-12    


When: August 10 - 20, 2017

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs is a cultural partner of Out On Screen

Your heart is the size of your fist... LOVE. RESIST.

The 11-day festival, now in its 29th year, is the largest queer arts event in Western Canada and the second-largest film festival in Vancouver. Last year’s festival broke audience attendance records, drawing over 14,000 attendees and showcasing over 70 films from 20 countries. Films explored the stories of local queer heroes and Two-Spirit lives, and featured a Black Lives Matter spotlight.

The 2017 festival will kick off with I Dream in Another Language (Sueño en Otro Idioma) from Mexico’s celebrated Contreras brothers — director Ernesto and screenwriter Carlos. I Dream in Another Language, which recently took home the “Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic” at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, tells the tale of a young linguist who travels to a remote village in Mexico to research and document a disappearing indigenous language.

Exciting additions to the 2017 lineup include a series of documentaries highlighting the leadership of transgender people of colour, such as Jacqueline Gares’ FREE CeCe and David France’s The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson. Love stories sweeten the big screen with Fathers, a Thai drama about a gay couple raising their adopted son, and Signature Move, a rom-com chronicling the dating follies of a Pakistani lesbian amateur wrestler.

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival celebrates the best in independent queer cinema and facilitates a unique community space through a variety of performances, panels and workshops.

Full ticketing details for the 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival are available at

SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs is a Spotlight Sponsor of the following films:


Sun, August 13 | 6:30 PM
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Double Trouble: Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Reel Youth, and Love Intersections teamed up for a matchmaking project pairing aspiring youth filmmakers and troublemaking seniors. The results of these fruitful unions are short documentaries profiling seniors whose work spans generations. Come celebrate these conspirators! Special thanks to Vancouver Foundation’s Fresh Voices and Fostering Change programs.

Troublemakers: Javier Barajas, Natasha Barsotti, Josie Boyce, Roger Chin, Dave Decarlo, John Dub, Fatima Jaffer, Veronique Noelle, Keith Oberding, Kasey Reese

Youth: Heather Addison, Mohamed Ibrahim Ali, Desaraigh Byers, Kweegay iiwans, Ruby Liu, Drew Neill Leitz, Amar Mangat, Han Pham, Shanelle Sham, Sabrina Guzman Skotnitsky, Pieta Rupia, Moe Yang


Sun, August 13 | 9:00 PM
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The intimacy of autobiographical documentary is unequivocal. In director Hui-chen Huang’s case, her mother-daughter documentary isn’t only intimate, but it also breaks a taboo in her culture in its questioning of a mother’s unconditional love. Anu (Hui-chen Huang’s mother) married off at a young age — as was customary in Taiwan in the 1970s — and had two children. She quickly divorced her violent husband and brought up her daughters alone. Since then, Anu has become a Taoist priestess, and has had many, many relationships with women.

Throughout the documentary, the director attempts to better understand her mother through a series of long conversations about topics such as trust, abuse, and cognizance. Frequently these conversations end in painful silence, and yet even the silences reveal a deep yearning for closeness. Will this mother and daughter close the gap between them by the time the credits roll? Small Talk won the Teddy Award for Best Documentary at the 2017 Berlinale.


Fri, August 18 | 9:30 PM
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*Please note that this film will be screened off-site at the York Theatre (639 Commercial Dr).*

Marsha P. Johnson is best known for being a leader in the Stonewall uprising and first person to fight back against police raids. In the 1970s, Johnson co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) with Sylvia Rivera, and in the 1980s she became a respected organizer with the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP). Johnson was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992. The NYPD deemed her death a suicide and her case was quickly closed. Years later, Victoria Cruz re-examines Johnson’s case. Cruz, who is a domestic abuse counsellor and trans activist herself, is deeply familiar with the violence trans women of colour face. “They’re yelling out from their graves for justice,” Cruz says.

Made by Academy Award nominated director David Frances (How to Survive a Plague), and featuring rare archival footage and interviews with Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson honours the legacy of her tremendous life while asking hard questions about the circumstances of her death.


Sat, August 19 | 7:30 PM
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In 2001, Silas Howard directed one of the first feature films with trans characters played by trans actors. This groundbreaking cinematic moment of trans talent onscreen and behind the camera was the multi-award-winning By Hook or By Crook. Since then, Howard has held unique space as one of the only trans directors (Transparent, This Is Us) working in North America.

His latest documentary shines a spotlight on seven transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals, all of whom are artists, activists, and groundbreakers in their own right. Deeply human and honest, More Than T veers from themes of isolation and violence commonly seen in trans documentaries and follows stories of triumph, healing, and belonging.


Tickets: $8-12


When: August 10 - 20, 2017

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs is a cultural partner of Out On Screen

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